Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Post #135 - Raiding Dad's Inventory

Well, after long periods of not posting because I had very little to write about by way of new cards coming in, I can't claim that anymore. I've already showed off my good stuff from Christmas Day, and still have today's materials, my order from Steel City Collectibles to review (that'll take a good three posts), and a new goal that's going to give me plenty of blogging material. So let's get started!

I mentioned during the 12 Days of Giving that I had pulled off a trade with my dad and snagged two cards for my PCs that I was very pleased with. Now, the title for today isn't totally accurate. I didn't just raid through his office and take whatever I pleased. I thought the trade was fair, but I was beyond thrilled with the result, as I landed two beauties I've been after for quite a while.

First up is this Shawn Green memorabilia card from the 2003 Upper Deck set. He actually has two cards in this "Leading Swatches" insert set; this one, for leading the team with 42 home runs in 2002, and another for total bases as well. If anyone has the total bases version, I'm up for a trade!

Here's a look at the back. I could have done without Upper Deck using the same photo on both sides, but at least this has the old early-2000s write-up on the back congratulating you on your pull. Ya know, back when these were kind of a big deal!

The other card I came away with isn't quite a memorabilia card, but Topps version of it (insert eye roll here).

Lots to like, lots to dislike here. Not a fan of manufactured patches. Not a fan of overly thick cards either. I'm a big believer in binders, and these make storage a pain. I've heard someone makes pages specifically for thick cards - can anyone shed more light on that for me?

What's to like? How about that suh-weeeet 1977 Giants logo. Some might disagree (Dodger fans) but I love it. And of course, it's always fun to add a new Posey to the collection.

Another congratulatory write-up here, although much less detailed. Then again, I suppose there isn't a whole lot you can say about a patch that you made yourself.

So there's that - a new addition to each of my leading PCs. I'm always happy to add more of these guys to my collection, and I think the next few posts will have even more Shawn Green, Buster Posey, and maybe even some Joey Votto!

As always, I thank you for reading, and hope you all have a great Tuesday!


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Post #134 - Baseball at Christmas

It's no secret that I mainly collect baseball cards. I dabble with a few football player collections; I'll take any basketball or hockey autographs I can get my hands on; and I do enjoy building a NASCAR collection that Billy from Cardboard History kicked off for me nicely in February of this year.

But in my heart, deep down, my collecting interests lie with baseball.

That's why, every year on Christmas morning, my dad gifts me with an assortment of packs to open.

1988 Fleer. 1991 Fleer. 1991 Donruss. 1988 Donruss. 1992 Leaf. The usual stuff that is sometimes called "junk wax". And I love it.

No, my dad isn't just some fumbling goof who knows his kid collects baseball cards, and sees these assortments on Amazon and thinks puts two and two together. My dad has probably forgotten more about collecting cards than I'll ever know. He's aware of the value, of the contents, and of the overproduction. It doesn't matter. What matters is sitting around Christmas morning ripping wax. That's a tradition that I wouldn't trade for the world.

Of course, I make sure and return the favor - this year I got him a blaster of 2018 Donruss football. But he surprised me by one-upping me with a blaster of 2018 Donruss baseball in addition to the loose packs.

Ultimately, only two cards fell out that I really "needed". Again, I'm not complaining, because I rarely get to open blasters.

This 1983 1984 (thanks Fuji) Donruss throwback base card variation thing of Joey Votto is a card that I'm pretty sure already resides in my Votto PC (man, I should get that organized...after I organize my Posey PC...ugh) but that means it's lacking in the Reds collection, so it should slide in there nicely.

Just checked - and it does.

The other nice thing about this blaster is the inclusion of a separate pack with eight inserts - four holofoil sparkling things and four holo-blue base cards. I think you all know who I was hoping would fall out of there.

And it did! A nice new addition to my Posey PC. I even kind of like this shot, since it nicely covers up the lack of logos (I don't mind using the city on the front; in fact, I wish more sets utilized that).

So that was my Christmas morning haul for my personal collection. Of course, a few Reds fell out of the late 80s/early 90s packs, and I still have some sorting to do with the 2018 Donruss, but I'm pretty happy adding these two cards.

12 Days of Giving

Three packages should be arriving today. I've got another one already sealed and I'll be spending my morning/early afternoon getting a few more together and ready to be mailed Monday. It's taking me a little longer, but it's been really nice for me to be able to throw a few extras into everyone's package, so I promise your patience will pay off! All I ask is that when your package does arrive, please let me know so I can mark you off the list. Thanks!

Thanks for reading, and if you're tuning into football today...



Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Post #133 - 12 Days of Giving Wrap-Up

A very Merry Christmas to all readers. I apologize for getting this post up so late in the day, but it's the first opportunity I've had to sit down and pound out a post today, as it was a busy day marked with plenty of family merriment, visiting, gift-giving, eating, drinking, and the usual holiday stuff.

So, let's get right to the point and see who's getting mailed a late Christmas present in the form of the Perkins jersey card from yesterday. We had a total of 10 names in the randomizer...

And congratulations to Trevor P. on the win! Send me your mailing address via TCDB or to jasongerman9 [@] yahoo [.] com and I'll package it up for you!

Many thanks to all who entered over the last 12 days and making my second annual season of giving event a success. I think there will be some changes, as I alluded to yesterday, for the 2019 edition (more of a draft style, giving everyone a chance to choose a prize rather than be randomly selected, as well as more of a variety of prizes as far as sports and inserts/relics/autographs go) but we will still be here doing the same thing!

I would like to offer a collective "you're welcome" to all of those who commented a thank you; it's a great feeling for me to be able to give back to some great members of a great community. I truly think that the people I've interacted with on the blog-o-sphere and the Trading Card Database are some of the finest folks in the sports card collecting hobby, and it would be hard to sway me from that opinion.

So, thank you to those who read, comment, enter, trade, give, and do anything else positive for this hobby - YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

And with that I'll bring this brief post to a close. Expect a few more posts in the next few days highlighting my haul for the holidays (hint: I hit a pretty nice PC card this morning), and packages will begin going out over the rest of this week and early next week. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and thank you as always for reading!